The most dangerous question imaginable.
Maybe not. But it all depends on how you feel about Ohio State.
After the jump: Recaps of the Big Ten action from yesterday.
Indiana kicked off their season with a 51-17 W over hapless Towson. Unfortunately, they gave up 123 rushing yards on 16 carries...to the Towson QB. Yikes. The Hoosiers forced 3 INTs, and coasted to the victory. Chappell looked confident (he should ordinarily, but Rodger Saffold is gone to the NFL and must be replaced).
I'm not surprised. Indiana usually schedules a patsy for their opener, and this was no different. They ran away with the game, but they won't be playing Towson every week...
WKU is up this week, and they're terrible. Indiana theoretically should run away with this game also.
Minnesota plagiarized Wisconsin, using 3 fullback TDs (Jon Hoese) and a questionable kick return fumble to defeat the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders 24-17. But they gave up 17 unanswered points at the end of the first half and beginning of the second. The Gophers recorded their FIRST 100 yard rusher since 2008 in the win (Duane Bennett, 187 yards rushing), and dominated time of possession 45:34 to 14:26.
As a Wisconsin fan: holy cr@p. Minnesota' ground game hasn't been this good since the days of Glen Mason. Keeping the erratic Weber from tossing the ball about helped Minnesota come from behind to win.
Unfortunately, they may HAVE to let Weber throw the ball against USC next week. The Trojan D comes in having given up 588 yards of offense to Hawaii, and this could easily turn into a "let's see how many offensive records we set against USC" season.
Ohio State: Now here comes the dynamite.
The Buckeyes dominated Marshall from the get-go. I understand there was a game played yesterday, but unfortunately, it was overwhelmed by announcers fawning over Terrelle Pryor. He put together a good game (against the 98th ranked pass defense last season) and OSU's D was able to punish the Herd's running backs.
On the other hand, they allowed a ton of completions. Devon Torrence had a BAD pass interference penalty that would have gotten him benched on ten other Big Ten squads, and receivers made catch after catch in Chimdi Chekwa's vicinity. Other than the secondary, Ohio State's defense did a very good job containing the run game.
Again, THAT. WAS. MARSHALL! But people don't care. The Heisman2Pryor Campaign continues unabated, because, you know you can play just two games and have your entire career based on them...
The Buckeyes play Miami this week. And to be honest, I don't want the Hurricanes to win. I do want the Buckeyes to sweat a little, but I don't want them to lose. Not yet, anyway. I've also seen Jacory Harris's body of work, and it is impressive...against weak secondaries. Ohio State's secondary is good, not weak. Whether they can hold up their end of the bargain is questionable, though. Keep Harris contained, force him to throw the deep ball into double coverage, and Ohio State wins.
So, what did you think?
Of the Big Ten games, which did you feel best about?
Indiana doing what they were supposed to (2 votes)
Minnesota coming from behind (4 votes)
Ohio State throttling Marshall (1 vote)
Why would we care about the Big Ten when Pitt lost to Utah? In OT? (25 votes)
32 total votes